Mark Padmore

Tenor

A recital brings together two Schubert masters....It’s difficult to avoid superlatives when writing about Mitsuko Uchida and Mark Padmore. Especially when it comes to Schubert

Zankel Hall, New York

Joshua Barone, New York Times

Mark Padmore was born in London and studied at King’s College, Cambridge.  He has established an international career in opera, concert and recital. His appearances in Bach Passions have gained particular notice, especially his renowned performances as Evangelist in the St Matthew and St John Passions with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle, staged by Peter Sellars.

Highlights

  • Artist in Residence – Bayerische Rundfunk Orchester
  • Artist in Residence – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Captain Vere Billy Budd – Glyndebourne Festival Opera
  • Aschenbach Death in Venice – Royal Opera House
  • Evangelist in the St Matthew and St John Passions with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, staged by Peter Sellars
  • Artist in Residence – Wigmore Hall – recitals with Till Fellner, Imogen Cooper, Mitsuko Uchida and Paul Lewis

Biography

This season Mark sings Evangelist in the St Matthew Passion with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle and with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; gives recitals with guitar and the Britten Nocturne at Le Pont International Music Festival Japan;…

This season Mark sings Evangelist in the St Matthew Passion with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle and with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra; gives recitals with guitar and the Britten Nocturne at Le Pont International Music Festival Japan; sings Britten Nocturne with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ryan Wigglesworth and also with the Freiburg Chamber Ochestra; and sings Schubert Winterreise with Julius Drake for Temple Music as well as with Till Fellner at the Innsbrucker Festwochen.

Recent highlights included Judith Weir’s In the Land of Uz at the Worcester Three Choirs Festival; recitals, including performances in Barcelona and Madrid with Julius Drake; Alicante with the Elias String Quartet; the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam with Till Fellner; the Théâtre de l’Athénée Paris with Julius Drake and Schubert Winterreise with Mitsuko Uchida at Carnegie Hall New York, the Kimmel Center Philadelphia and the University of California at Berkeley.

Following a residency at Wigmore Hall in the 2021/22 season where he celebrated his relationship with pianists Till Fellner, Imogen Cooper, Mitsuko Uchida and Paul Lewis he recently returned to sing Vaughan Williams and Fauré with the Elias Quartet and James Baillieu.

Mark’s most recent opera appearance was at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, singing the title role in a new production of Monteverdi Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria conducted by Fabio Biondi. Another highlight was a new production of Britten’s Death in Venice at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where his performance was described as a “tour de force” and “exquisite of voice, [presenting] Aschenbach’s physical and spiritual breakdown with extraordinary detail and insight”. Previous roles have included Captain Vere in Britten Billy Budd and Evangelist in a staging of St Matthew Passion for the Glyndebourne Festival, and leading roles in Harrison Birtwistle The Corridor and The Cure at the Aldeburgh Festival.

In concert Mark performs with the world’s leading orchestras. He was Artist in Residence for the 2017/18 season with the Berlin Philharmonic and held a similar position with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2016/17. His work with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has involved projects exploring both the Bach St John and St Matthew Passion without conductor which attracted worldwide acclaim.

His extensive and award-winning discography includes Schumann Dichterliebe with Kristian Bezuidenhout and Schubert song cycles with Paul Lewis, both for Harmonia Mundi. Described by the New York Times as “Schubert Masters” Mark Padmore and Mitsuko Uchida recently embarked on a series of highly acclaimed, worldwide recitals and this partnership has culminated in a recording on Decca Classics of Schubert Schwanengesang and Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte.

Mark was Artistic Director of the St. Endellion Summer Music Festival in Cornwall from 2012-2022, voted 2016 Vocalist of the Year by Musical America and appointed CBE in the 2019 Queens’ Birthday Honours List.

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